More fatal car accidents occur in summer than during any other season. Multiple factors contribute to summer car accidents, including alcohol, heavy rain, and aggressive driving. However, work zone accidents account for a shocking number of serious injuries and deaths every year. Thousands of people are injured or killed within a relatively small window of time (mid-May through mid-October), therefore it is prudent to use extreme caution when driving through any type of work zone.
Approximately 85 percent of the time it is the driver or passenger, not a construction worker, who is injured or killed in road construction accidents. Unfortunately, road construction season typically coincides with vacation season. Roadways are clogged with an influx of beach-goers, college kids coming home for the summer, and people traveling for summer break. The delays caused by road construction combined with the surplus of drivers creates a dangerous scenario. Not surprisingly, aggressive driving is also most common in summer months.
With the exception of warm-climate states, most road construction ceases as the weather gets colder. While it may be aggravating to get stuck in heavy, construction-induced traffic on your way to the lake house, there is really nothing that can be done about it. Utilize the safe driving tips below to protect yourself, your loved ones, and everyone you share the road with.
Safety Tips for Driving Through Construction Work Zones
Do not make the mistake of using a cell phone or other hand-held device to keep you entertained while you wait. Distractions are especially dangerous in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
- Turn your headlights on.
- Keep an eye on brake lights in front of you.
- Don’t tailgate. Always leave ample distance between your car and the car ahead.
- If there is a road closure, do not wait until the last minute to merge into the open lane.
- Always obey posted speed limit signs. Remember, even if you don’t see any construction workers present, they may only be a few feet away. Speeding puts workers in grave danger, and fines are usually doubled if you get stopped.
- Use extra caution on uneven pavement.
- Never drive on the shoulder.
Following the above safety tips won’t get you to your destination any faster, but neither will ignoring them. As mentioned above, road construction isn’t the only summer-driving risk factor. More teens on the road, congested traffic, and a surplus of break-downs (blown out tires and overheating engines) increase the risks as well. Use caution, get regular maintenance on your vehicle, and utilize safe driving practices.
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If you’ve been injured in any type of auto accident, the MA Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP can help. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers have been representing victims of auto accidents, including work zone accidents, for nearly 50 years. Our legal team recognizes the need for immediate and decisive action in accident cases. Medical bills, property damage, and lost wages can create an onslaught of bills within days of the accident. Our skilled, compassionate attorneys will protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact the Greater Boston Law Firm of Altman & Altman LLP for a free consultation about your case.